AB, University of California, Davis, 1957; Master of Arts, Stanford University, 1958.
Staff writer Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, Columbia Broadcasting System, 1967-1969; staff writer Laugh In, NBC, 1969-1972; story editor Sanford & Son, NBC, 1972-1973; producer CPO Sharkey, NBC, 1975-1976; staff writer Real People, NBC, 1980-1986; producer That's My Mama, ABC, 1973-1975; independent writer, story editor, Chico & The Man, Good Times, What's Happening, 1976-1980; independent film writer, producer, Skin Deep, Cliff Hanger, since 1986. Assistant professor political science Bemidji (Minnesota) State College.
Served as sergeant United States Marine Corps, 1947-1951, Korea. Member Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi.
Married Caroline Farmer, December 16, 1962. Children: Alan, Troy, Leanne.